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Ron: It was always Spurs for me

Posted on 12 January 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Ron Henry looks back at 50 years at Spurs and admits: "I've never wanted to be anywhere else."

The Lane legend and Double winner signed professional forms with us on January 12, 1955.

He went on to be part of the most famous and successful side in the club's history, winning the league and FA Cup double in 1961, the FA Cup in 1962 and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1963.

Capped once by England, Ron played his final first team game in 1965 before continuing to turn out for our reserve and A teams until 1969. He then coached our schoolboys, set up a School Of Excellent in Redbourn and now attends Academy matches every Saturday.

Reflecting on his half-century association with Spurs, Ron said last night: "I love football and I think I've been with the best club in the country.

"A lot of people have asked me to write a book but I haven't really got the time for it. They ask me what the title would be and it would be 'My wonderful life with Tottenham' and I'm sincere when I say that. They've looked after me over the years."

A Spurs fan, Ron recalls his early days at the club after signing in 1955. "When I first went into the dressing rooms Cecil Poynton (assistant coach and later physio) was in there and he said to me 'here you are son, here's your peg'.

"I said to him 'who are those clothes there?' pointing at the next peg and he said 'Ted Ditchburn'. I shook in my boots because he was my idol. Cecil then said 'on the other side is Alf Ramsey'. I remember thinking to myself 'what have I let myself in for here with all these big names' but I was determined to make it."

Make it he did. Ron formed the formidable full-back pairing with Peter Baker as the club lifted the famous double in 1960-61, retained the FA Cup the following year and then became the first British club to lift European silverware with the Cup Winners Cup in 1963.

He goes back to 1961 for the highlight of his career. "I would have to go for the semi-final at Burnley," he said. "We won and I went to go into the dressing room and I saw my wife Edna standing outside waiting for me. She had watched the game and that was my highlight because I was able to share it with her. I couldn't have done much without her."

Ron, who coached kids for the club through the 1970s and 1980s and also helped with physio duties, can now be found at Under-18 matchdays alongside coach Pat Holland.

He explained: "I don't do any physio now but I still travel with Patsy Holland and the Under-18s and I'm going up to Liverpool next week for the FA Youth Cup.

"I help look after the boys, help with the kit, lay it all out for them, basically just help out.

"There's plenty to do when you look at things like the warm-ups and obviously they play in fresh kit all the time - I remember we used take our socks home to darn them! I get on well with the kids. Perhaps some of them don't even know me but I've been through it and know what it's like."

What better man for a 17-year-old to have on his side as he steps out in the famous white shirt?

Congratulations on the 50 not out, Ron.